The Importance Of Adversity In Harry Potter Novels

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Author C.S Lewis once stated that “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny,” seemingly explaining that those who experience adversity prosper in difficult situations. It is what we experience for the worst that changes us for the better. Roman poet Horace asserts this claim, saying that adversity plays into an individual’s character. He claims that talent arises from adversity and becomes prosperous in normally dormant situations. I believe this claim to be true as it can be seen in numerous historical events and works of literature alike. J.K Rowling, the author of the well-received Harry Potter novels, shapes her 3 main characters around adversity. One particular character that perseveres through unimaginable hardship is Hermione Granger. In the first novel, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone”, Granger is revealed to be to a “mudblood,” one who has non-magical parents. …show more content…

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